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Poster: Scrim Date: Nov 2, 2006 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tapers Moments

I thought I might try a thread to lead into some funny and interesting stories about taping experiences. There is always a story to every live recording.

I was a taper in the mid 80’s, and had broken my leg one summer. Not able to work, I took to the road to heal my leg with some Dead (my boss hoped I was on the couch.) Cruising around on crutches was damn difficult for me, and I constantly fell and kept on aggravating the break.

One show I had everything all set up and ready to go. I was on the ground with my headphones on, waiting to hit record. The crowd was getting louder and louder, I knew they must have been on stage. The person in front of me stood up, and having been a very hot afternoon and was feeling a little too good, he passed out cold and fell directly back on top of me. He hit my mic stand, and caused a domino effect with all the stands behind me. The crowd starts roaring, the band is on the stage, my leg is aching, and we have problems. My stand is bent in half and my mics were jammed an inch deep into the grass. And that was just my setup. It was the coolest thing: all the tapers jumped into action, someone bent my stand back perfect with their knee, cleaned off the mics, stood them back up, and all the other tapers were helping everyone else out at the same time. Everybody was back in action in a flash, and I able to hit record just seconds before the first note. It was like Seeing a NASCAR pit crew in action. No one spoke, it was just instinct to help and get everybody back in action.

Another time I was seriously late into the show. I was doing the OJ trying to get to the taper section, and the tapers are encouraging me to get there ASAP. As soon as I got there, 4 of them grabbed my stuff, and without speaking everyone assumed a role and had everything up and going in record time. Didn’t miss a note.

I just loved being a part of that scene. Even during the show when people would try to cut through the section, everybody was usually really cool and led the tripping invaders out. I “saw” too many shows behind the soundboard, and I really preferred to be out and about. But somebody had to do it!

Peace brothers…



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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 2, 2006 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

damn dude - i have a broken leg and have trouble gettin my own cereal in the morning - lol.

kudos to you - that is dedication - very nice!!!!!

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Nov 2, 2006 11:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Great story

I always love listening to the red rocks '82 tapes. Anyone who knows this line will remember the show...

"Don't touch my F'in levels, man!" Or something like that....

This post was modified by The Bopper on 2006-11-03 07:07:39

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Poster: harold920 Date: Nov 3, 2006 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

I am new to the wonderful world of taping courtesy of a gift from my family last holiday season. I have been meeting guys who have been doing it for years and they seem so surprized but happy that there is some fresh tapers out in the field. I am in the last two monthes of my rookie year.

The person whose name comes up quite alot for me is Charlie Miller. He is a guy I would like to personally thank for his tireless efforts at archiving this great band.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 3, 2006 9:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Charlie is jawdropping - escpecially with his work with Kimock - if it wasn't for him and his kimock recordings........... Lord knows........

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 2, 2006 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments+++ THANK YOU!+++

Tapers:
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have no idea how much joy you brought to me and countless others over all the decades. I cannot imagine the b.s. you had to deal with as well as all the money you spent. Your tireless, thankless, devotion to the Music has allowed it to cross generations and continue to nourish the minds, hearts and souls of so many people. Just imagine the comfort you brought to people in hospitals going through "whatever" who were able to put on a pair of headphones and get a "hit" of the band -- total transforming positive experience. You guys served the music as well as Jerry did. Thank you so very much, --- AshesRising

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 2, 2006 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

I tried making a tape once with some horribly primitive setup I'm way too embarrassed to mention. That's my only experience aside from knowing someone once and awhile who got a patch.

Once thing I want to know is who is that guy on that 82 Red Rocks tape? " Damn it Wise! Don't touch my F'n labels man, that F'n sucks! " He's obviously talking to Jim Wise but who is HE? I'd love to find out who's recording turned out better.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 2, 2006 6:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

oh come on johnny! we -have- to hear the set up now!! :P

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 2, 2006 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Ok, I'll tell you. CHEESY hand held dictaphone type of thing with built in mic deal, NOT external mics or any real recording equipment whatsoever. Funny thing is that while it sounded tinny and shitty, I've actually received tapes as trade that sounded as bad as my primitive stupid one.

BTW - I wish there were some more tapers chiming in here. I've approached MANY a taper at a show ( not Dead but other recent bands ) groveling for a copy. Never once did they get back to ME directly but I've benefitted indirectly from them through others who got a copy. I want to say thanks to them all. In my opinion a great sounding AUD ( one where not only was the taper set up right with good equip but the band had good sound mixed in a good- acoustically speaking -venue ) beats a SBD any day of the week.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 2, 2006 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

fyi: anything Wise taped, i download. Have several sweet JGB downloads that are just a joy to listen to.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 2, 2006 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Absolutely! I agree 100%. I've never heard any of his Jerry Band stuff though, just Dead. He even got some good ones out of some crappy venues. I'm sorry, I've been to the Warfield ( not in 1980 unfortunately ). Great Theatre, not so good sounding for recordings for a venue that size imo.At least I think it was Warfield not Radio City I'm thinking of. I apologize if I'm wrong. Anyway, he made some great recordings.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 2, 2006 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Okay, time to correct an error in my previous post ... well, sort of: it is true that i dowload anything by Jim Wise, but the JGB shows i was referring to are Jim Vita recordings, and that dude was an excellent tape artist in his own right. I've been listening regularly to his stuff now for several weeks, and we are so blessed that deadicated folks like him got these shows for posterity. I mean, hell, there should be a taper hall of fame.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Nov 3, 2006 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

I heard that show for the first time about a month ago and laughed so hard. Listened to the rant 3 or 4 times. Hey, talk about your quality control guy. WOW.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 4, 2006 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Yeah, it's hillarious! " I'm gonna scream in the mics all night long if you fuckin touch my levels"

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Nov 3, 2006 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Grateful for sure, Despite

my rantings about being shut out of the traders scene until I met you guys here, I have to thank you for the time MONEY effort and deadication you showed so that I can enjoy this great stuff now.

I saw a comment on the 11/2/85 Richmond show- I have a low gen Aud from the previous night- sets 1 and 2- anyone who wants a copy on a good ol maxell let me know

tom_mack@hotmail.com or write to Liam Finneganm po box E=MCsquaredtimesPidivided bytwo, The hereafter, Etherzone 485556

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 3, 2006 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful for sure, Despite

Liamfinneganswake: thank you for the offers over the past three weeks; you'll be hearing from me as the tapes really capture the essence of the whole experience (for me, anyways).
I've been able to divide (Pi by 2) but was having trouble multiplying it with ("E") so I took out the Twenty-Third Psalm Majordomo and now I just wonder if you shouldn't feel less concern about the deep unreal? -- thanks again for the tape offer, - AshesRising

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Poster: JodyC Date: Nov 2, 2006 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

It was your and the others helping you that have provided us with some of the finest recordings ever. Thanks for all the hard work and bullshit you all had/have to put up with to keep the music flowing!

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Nov 2, 2006 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

There ought to be a taper's hall of fame! Fantastic legacy. The gift that keeps on giving!!

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Poster: high flow Date: Nov 2, 2006 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

Hey man, cool story. I always thought you tapers were nuts. I just wanted to cruise in and enjoy the show. You guys had gear to haul and protect. I could hardly keep track of my pipe, dope, lighter, car keys and cash!

Standard inventory...

Pre-trip check-list. A place for everything and everything in its place...let's ride!

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 2, 2006 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers Moments

And thank you and all of the other unsung heroes for what you did. I never taped and for the most part felt it was my civic duty to stay out of your way (other tahn some of the diversion/deflection tactics you mentioned). I was for the most part blessed with good tape connections and did always copy, copy, copy and share, share, share!

Somebody had to do it... And God bless you all for doing it!

I haven't even read the reat of this thread, but you touched me Friend!